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Pakistan Army Soldier Killed As India Pounds Pakistani Forward Posts Across LOC

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A Pakistan Army soldier was killed after Indian army soldiers resorted to “unprovoked” firing from across the Line of Control in Hajipir sector of Pakistan controlled Kashmir, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Thursday.

According to media reports, Indian troops had targeted the same sector with intermittent shelling on Monday. However, no losses had been reported at the time.

Earlier, Foreign Office (FO) had summoned Indian Charge d` Affairs Gaurav Ahluwalia to lodge a protest against “unprovoked ceasefire violations” by the Indian army.

According to a statement issued by the FO, Director General (SA & SAARC) Dr Mohammad Faisal had urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 ceasefire arrangement. He said that the Indian side should permit UNMOGIP to play its mandated role as per the UN Security Council resolutions.

The statement had said that in the last ceasefire violations on September 6 in Khuiratta sector of the LoC, the Indian forces had deliberately targeted innocent civilian participants of peaceful rallies organised to show solidarity with the people of Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir. Four civilians had sustained serious injuries in that incident.

The incidents of firing along the LoC come as tensions remain high between India and Pakistan over the former’s move to revoke occupied Kashmir’s special autonomy.

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